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    Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Picking up one of the above pools this weekend, price difference is $20. I know the liner, quality and setup is about the same. The ProSeries has a wall mounted skimmer while Intex is I believe ground pump? Biggest reviews I see is that the intex pump is weak.

    I would upgrade pumps next summer and use as is this summer.

    Which pool is easier to add a better pump to in the future? Do they both take modification?

    Just looking for pros/cons on each =)

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    The Intex I bought came with the 12 inch Krystal Clear Sand Filter Pump which seems to be a decent pump for this size pool. No filters to replace either. Make sure you check the box to see which filter the pool comes with if you plan on using the original pump. I think Intex has different packages with the same pool, but different accessories.
    16' round Intex Ultra Frame, Sand filter, filled May 25, 2014

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Slammed01 View Post
    Picking up one of the above pools this weekend, price difference is $20. I know the liner, quality and setup is about the same. The ProSeries has a wall mounted skimmer while Intex is I believe ground pump? Biggest reviews I see is that the intex pump is weak.

    I would upgrade pumps next summer and use as is this summer.

    Which pool is easier to add a better pump to in the future? Do they both take modification?

    Just looking for pros/cons on each =)

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    The pro series with the wall mounted skimmer takes more doing to add another pump too. You have to modify the bottom of the skimmer basket where the pump is mounted to add a fitting to hook a different pump up to. I have also read that people are having issues dumping the junk in the filter back into the pool when replacing the filters. The filter is in the skimmer right above the pump.

    I think if it were me I would go with the regular pool and put $10 with the $20 more that the pro series cost and get a Hayward thru wall skimmer that will work better than the pro series skimmer and allows you to hook whatever pump you want to up to it. The one that comes with the pool or any other.
    Intex Ultra Frame 18 X 48" AG (6,420 Gallons), Intex 16" .95HP Sand Filter SWG System (2650 GPH), Hayward thru wall Skimmer, Hard plumbed with fountain, Taylor K-2006/SpeedStir/SampleSizer

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Regular pool as in intex or pro? The skimmer upgrade is $30 and is a direct replacement? Any Link?

    Exactly why I'm researching and asking, thank you!

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Exactly what duckcmdr said ^^^ I have the pro... and in hindsight I probably would have went with the intex and added a skimmer. The Pro fittings DO NOT match up to the intex sand filter to which I just upgraded.
    Installed May 2014 - 16' x 48" Summer Escapes Pro Series Pool AG Vinyl (6,000 gal) - Intex 2650 Sand Filter - Christmas, FL

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Slammed01 View Post
    Regular pool as in intex or pro? The skimmer upgrade is $30 and is a direct replacement? Any Link?

    Exactly why I'm researching and asking, thank you!

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    Search the forums for Intex Hayward Skimmer... lots of threads on installing. It's not a direct conversion, you'll have to mount it and cut your pool... but don't fret! it's pretty easy from what I've seen.
    Installed May 2014 - 16' x 48" Summer Escapes Pro Series Pool AG Vinyl (6,000 gal) - Intex 2650 Sand Filter - Christmas, FL

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Slammed01 View Post
    Regular pool as in intex or pro? The skimmer upgrade is $30 and is a direct replacement? Any Link?

    Exactly why I'm researching and asking, thank you!

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    I would get the Intex Ultra Frame regular pool and not the pro series with the built in skimmer.

    Then I would add this skimmer (it wet up $9 since I ordered mine 2 weeks ago)
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/css/order-...=ya_orders_ap&

    There is a pretty good tutorial here about the install. It's not hard at all if you are at least somewhat handy. If you will install it when you are putting the pool up with it half full of water....you can install the butterfly gasket that comes with it in one piece rather than have to split it like most of us do with a full pool.
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...ame-Pool-(PICS!
    Intex Ultra Frame 18 X 48" AG (6,420 Gallons), Intex 16" .95HP Sand Filter SWG System (2650 GPH), Hayward thru wall Skimmer, Hard plumbed with fountain, Taylor K-2006/SpeedStir/SampleSizer

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Not too bad, Makes me lean to the intex! Scariest part is the liner trimming it looks lol

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Slammed01 View Post
    Not too bad, Makes me lean to the intex! Scariest part is the liner trimming it looks lol

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    There is nothing natural about cutting a big hole in a perfectly good pool, every fiber in your body says "what are you doing". I know....it just did it a week ago. It is simple to do, I mounted mine as high as I could with the inner flange covering part of the gray part of the pool and the screws passing just underneath the gray part of the pool.
    Intex Ultra Frame 18 X 48" AG (6,420 Gallons), Intex 16" .95HP Sand Filter SWG System (2650 GPH), Hayward thru wall Skimmer, Hard plumbed with fountain, Taylor K-2006/SpeedStir/SampleSizer

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    As they come out of the box most Intex pools should be considered more of a project kit than a functional pool, add an upgraded pump, filter and skimmer and you start to have something.
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    I've cut holes in my intex for bigger returns....

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...ex-18-x-9-x-52

    And I would go with the Intex.... There's just more of them, makes parts easier, and getting advice on here easier too... Intex pools are also a littler deeper by going up to 52 inches...
    Intex Rectangle 18 x 9 x 52', 4544 gallon (18000 litres), 0.75 hp pool pump, 100 sqft Zodiac Titan Cartridge Filter - 40mm, Stenner Peristaltic Pump chlorine injection system, Intex Over The Wall Skimmer, Intex Fittings with 40mm plumbing Lil Patch Of Heaven. Build/Construction http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...lice-of-heaven

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Will be ordering my skimmer soon, picked up pool today! Guess I should get a TF100 test kit too

    16x48 Intex Ultra
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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Picked up my Intex 16x48, ordered my Hayward 109 skimmer and terrace border.

    I was looking at the 2650 pump, what modification has to be done to run that if any? I may pick one up at the end of this season, if not sooner!

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Slammed01 View Post
    I was looking at the 2650 pump, what modification has to be done to run that if any? I may pick one up at the end of this season, if not sooner!
    no modifications are necessary; it comes with everything to hook it up to the pool. all you need are two bags of sand from the pool store and you're ready to go.

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    You will have to make an adapter from normal 1-1/2" threads to the Intex 50mm straight threads to hook the 2650 to your skimmer.

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...mbedded-photos
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie_R View Post
    You will have to make an adapter from normal 1-1/2" threads to the Intex 50mm straight threads to hook the 2650 to your skimmer.

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...mbedded-photos
    Not true....the hoses that come with the 2650 will hook to the barbed fitting that comes with the skimmer. All you have to do is let the nut slide down the hose and push the hose up on the barbed fitting and add a hose clamp to secure it. I ran mine this way for a couple of weeks before I hard plumbed the whole thing. You will only need to build the adaptors if you plan on hard plumbing. The Hayward skimmer uses standard pipe threads and I would recommend adding a shut off valve in between the skimmer and the barbed fitting that comes with the skimmer like I did in the picture below.


    If you are going to hard plumb or need to hook anything directly to the pump or Intex pool valves...the link provided is how you build the adaptors.
    Intex Ultra Frame 18 X 48" AG (6,420 Gallons), Intex 16" .95HP Sand Filter SWG System (2650 GPH), Hayward thru wall Skimmer, Hard plumbed with fountain, Taylor K-2006/SpeedStir/SampleSizer

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    I stand corrected, thank you.
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Thank you all, very informative! I love this place!

    16x48 Intex Ultra
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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    Can any of you who are closely familiar with the intex ultra frame AND the pro series tell me if the frame parts from the intex will fit the pro series liner? (long story but I've ended up with a pro series liner by accident)
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    Re: Weekend purchase: Intex vs PRO Series 16x48 pros/cons

    And the party has started lol. Got 80' terrace border on its way from HD and waiting for my skimmer to ship from Amazon that O I ordered Sunday ugh!


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